In an apparent about-face, starting safety Ryan Clark agreed to stay with the Steelers, a league source told NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi on Monday.
A league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that Clark agreed to a four-year deal expected to average $4 million guaranteed.
The move comes just hours after the Steelers agreed to a three-year, $4.5 million contract with free-agent safety Will Allen, a league source told La Canfora. That move initially seemed to indicate that Pittsburgh was resigned to losing Clark, who was in Miami visiting the Dolphins.
The Miami Herald reported Sunday night that Clark had arrived in the city, and the Dolphins appeared close to landing him.
“Without a question,” Clark told the Herald of signing with the Dolphins. “That’s the reason we waited so long to take any (free agent) trips. We had interested teams that I didn’t really want to go to, and I didn’t want to try to make myself look busy by going to a bunch of different places.
“There were a lot of good offers, and a lot of good fits. But this seems like a good spot. So I’m praying (it) goes well.”
Evidently, things changed.